press trust of india
Ahmedabad/New Delhi, 4 October
Mr Narendra Modi today said he is looking forward to a “healthy and spirited” elections to the five state Assemblies, as his BJP and rival Congress exuded confidence of putting up a good showing.
Though the polls to Chhattisgargh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Rajasthan spread over 24 days from 11 November have been billed as a semi-final to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress does not think so while the BJP was evasive.
“I welcome announcement of polls in five states. Elections are a celebration of our democracy. We look forward to a healthy and spirited elections,” Mr Modi tweeted.
BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh while Congress is in office in Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram. Arvind Kejriwal&’s Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) is a new entrant in the Delhi Assembly polls.
Congress was confident it would get the mandate because of its programmes and policies but rejected contentions that the Assembly polls could be called a semi-final for the 2014 general elections.